Wanderu Introduces Android App for Bus and Train Booking in the U.S.
Planning a trip with bus and train travel can get complicated, quickly, but booking startups are trying to make it as simple as possible.
Wanderu, which offers a comprehensive resource for bus and train travel, launched a new Android app Thursday after launching an iOS app in February.
CEO Polina Raygorodskaya says that the company, which she founded in 2011, is focused on millennial travelers and sees about half of its traffic from mobile devices.
“We are now able to serve users on nearly every mobile device with our own native apps and help make the ground travel booking experience the best that it can be,” she said.
More than half of U.S. smartphone users had a device with an Android operating system in 2014, according to consumer research company Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
The app is launching with both English and Spanish language options.
By combining the routes of Amtrak, Greyhound, Megabus, Boltbus and many others into one service, Wanderu is a good option for travelers trying to find the best value without spending a tremendous amount of time comparing prices on different websites.
There isn’t typically much glamour in traveling by bus, but schedule and ticket flexibility in addition to low prices has led to a growing bus travel sector.
Daily bus service in the U.S. grew by 2.1% in 2014, according to a report from DePaul University, while Amtrak service remained constant, and scheduled commercial airline flights decreased 3.5%.
“Bus travel-booking websites, most notably Wanderu and Busbud, are encouraging reluctant bus travelers to try this mode of transportation,” the report states. “These websites offer a convenient means of comparison-shopping, much as Expedia, Orbitz, and Travelocity do for air travel.”